Nodeul Island, Seoul
Fusing structure, illumination, and natural ventilation.
Our proposal for the Nodeul Island Complex in Seoul, Korea sought to create a synthetic ecology that foregrounds the primal relationship between architecture and landscape. Capturing the traditional mountainous ranges and vernacular architectures of these timeless depictions in a proposal that fuses buildings and landscape. This fusion constructs an operational landscape that offers transitioning access to the site from heavy infrastructure and integrates movement seamlessly through a circulatory strategy that creates a cinematic framing of views and vistas as one approaches and moves through the site. A new form of public space is put forward that affords the city a symbolic and multi-functional urban ground that integrates itself within the urban environment. Creating a sense of place with unobstructed views that could host outdoor cultural, leisure, and social activities that stimulate urban regeneration and has the capacity to create a vibrant and collective cultural city centre.
The buildings are designed with parametrically driven ecological and atmospheric advancements. Structuring both light and organisation the buildings are naturally illuminated during the day through a translucent veil of glass that serves as illuminated beacons at night. This structural lattice is operable creating a naturally ventilated space that harnesses its performative characteristics through active integration of structure, space and form. The interiors are adaptive and allow for radically reconfigurable spaces that can through combinatorial versioning offer programmatically varied use cases. The building and landscapes are integrated creating a spatially and operational adaptive ecology as urban offering to the public.